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Recent European Union data protection regulation is pushing clouds back to the new world.

10 ms away from the Patriot Act

Many of the early adopters of our Canadian IaaS, cloud.ca, were organizations that write software and want to run it inside Canadian legal jurisdiction because they or their customers prefer Canada's laws for data protection and data privacy. Many of our clients want to use both Amazon Web Services (AWS) and cloud.ca, depending on which customers (American or non-American) they are serving. We believe Canada is a great location for IaaS, because it is located close enough to provide low latency connections to American end-users, but it falls under Canadian legal jurisdiction. This is semi-jokingly referred to as being, "10 milliseconds away from the Patriot Act".

Thriving in Canada

I am sure Microsoft agrees with us that Canada is a great place for IaaS, as they are launching Azure data centres in Canada in early 2016. It is rumored that AWS and Google plan to launch in Canada in 2016 as well. With green power, affordable electricity, a cool climate, and reasonable data protection and data privacy laws; Canada is the place for IaaS. That being said, make sure you know which laws your cloud providers need to follow.

"Emails and private information from customers of US companies must be handed over – even if data is stored outside US", quoted from this article highlights that jurisdiction is not just based on location.

The EU data protection regulation - June 15, 2015

The EU passed new regulations for data protection this past June. Infrastructure and cloud application service providers operating in the EU are concerned that these regulations could enable individuals to sue companies that process data. AWS, Microsoft Azure and local IaaS providers can be considered data processors and they are concerned that “the Data Protection Regulations could have a deleterious effect.”

Learn more about how jurisdiction matters in the cloud - click below to get our latest white paper. It is a Q&A with privacy and data security expert, Éloïse Gratton.

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